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 Panasonic TC-P55ST60

Best 3D Plasma HDTV Value
Top valued Plasma HDTV with 3D from 50"to 65"
Panasonic TC-P55VT60

Reviewed May 7, 2013:  Plasma TVs have better image quality and a wider viewing angle than LED or LCD HDTVs but they don't work well in many, bright rooms. While much more energy efficient than in the post, plasma sets still consume more energy and they are heavier.

Bottom Line:  My brother picked Consumer Report's (CR) number two ranked, "Best Buy" 55-59 inch Panasonic TC-P55ST60 plasma TV with two pair of 3D glasses over the #1 ranked  Panasonic TC-P55VT60 because he didn't need all the extra features and he only had room for 55". 

May 7, 2013 The last time I bought a high definition television, I bought the top rated Samsung LCD. If I were to replace it today, I would buy the Samsung UN60ES8000 which is the newest version of Consumer Reports top rated LCD set with Built-in Wi-Fi and Camera plus "Ultimate Micdo Dimming" for the best picture qualtiy:
I am in a bright room where reflections from the windows would be a problem for plasma TVs whch have better images but with room limitations.  My brother's house is fairly dark and there is no window directly behind where they sit to watch the set or in a reflection path from watching offline, away from the set, so they could easily use plasma. 

About the only negative I could find with the
Panasonic TC-P55ST60 is one reviewer said the 100ms delay is too much for COG (Competative Online Gaming).   Before you rely on a review like this, I would contact Panasonic and ask them if the set has an adjustment to compensate for COG lag which the reviewer may not have known about.  We are far too busy to play computer games, so it is not an issue for us.  The good news is Panasonic cut the price from the 2012 "ST50" models and they give two pair of 3D glasses included in the 2013 ST60 package.

55" & 60" 1080p HDTVs with 3D
Free 3D
CR's Top Rated 55" Plasma HDTV
Panasonic VIERA TC-P55VT60 $2,599
CR's Top Rated 60" LCD
Samsung UN60D6400 60-Inch $1,899
18 each pair
Newest LCD from Top Rated Company
Samsung UN60ES8000 $2,328.00
4 pair
"Best Buy" (ST50) Plasma HDTV Set 2012
Panasonic Viera TC-P55ST50 $1,689

2013 Version (ST60) of 2012 "Best Buy"
Panasonic Viera TC-P55ST60 $1,499
2 pair
CR's 2012 "Best Buy" 60" Plasma Set
Samsung PN60E550 Slim Plasma
2 pair
Samsung is CR's Top Rated Set for 60"
Samsung PN60E8000 60" 3D Plasma $2,008
2 pair

More comments from my brother:
Consumers (Consumer Reports) and Cnet loved the 2012 version (Panasonic VIERA TC-P55ST50), so I knew this would be as good or better.  Consumers and others said the time to buy was after the Super Bowl, as the old models get closed out, but actually it was the opposite - it went higher, then almost disappeared.  So I waited until the 2013 came out in April - good to get the newest model (lower than the 2012 version was in March too)...I figure the 3D could be fun, but I wouldn't be bummed it we rarely use it - free glasses is a nice feature that wasn't included last year.

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